Thursday, 26 February 2015

Ecumenical Lenten Course @ The Beacon Cafe, Heswall

This Lent an ecumenical course will be running at the Beacon Cafe with the first one scheduled for Wednesday, 25 February between 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm and on the four Wednesdays following in March.

We will be using Praise Him to allow us to explore five songs of praise in the New Testament. Exploring these songs we shall discover what they tell us about God and Jesus and we shall also reflect on what they tell us about us and our faith.

This course has been put together by Dr Paula Gooder, who is Theologian-in -residence for the Bible Society, a Reader in the Church of England and a member of General Synod. Dr Gooder is assisted by Archbishop Justin Welby, Sister Wendy Beckett and actor David Suchet CBE. Methodist Moira Sleight provides the Closing Reflection at the end of each session.

The course comprises of five stand alone sessions (so it doesn’t matter if you miss one):

1. Gratitude (Ephesians 1.3-14)

2. Image of God (Colossians 1.15-20) - Lead by Canon Coonan

3. Humility (Philippians 2.5-11)

4. New birth (1 Peter 1.3-12)

5. Word made flesh (John 1.1-14)

Canon Coonan will be leading the York Conversation on Wednesday 2nd March on Jesus as the Image of God, an opportunity to reflect, pray and discuss with our fellow Christians in Lent

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Mary TV

Hi my names Steve burke I am in holy family parish Pensby. On a pilgrimage to Medjugorje last year I gave my testimony to Mary TV. On a pilgrimage a year or two before Jennie Ray  a well none member of Our lady and St John gave hers also to Mary TV. Jennie and her husband have since moved down south.

Mary TV now has archives for people to look back for folks to view. Testimonies can be inspiring to others and my wife and I watch it once a week as these recording go out on the internet weekly as pilgrims are asked to give their conversion stories.

Mary TV is run by a very blest couple from America, they have 8/or 9 children some I think work out in the TV station in Medjugorje Bosnia that is totally funded by donations from the English speaking pilgrims that have been there.

This weeks no 153 tells the story is from seven  or more years back of how they hoping to get  the project off the ground its about 50 min long but it explains the amazing story and history of this confessional of the world with over 3omillion souls from all four corners of the world  over the last 33 years going there.  I was converted from an atheist RC but atheist there on my first visit aged 46 I have been 13 times. Jennie and her husband spend 2/3 weeks there every year.

Go to  then go to Fruits of Medjugorje Archive then the play list:

012 Jennie Ray
135 Steve Burke
153 History
I thought that with it being lent it would be something for people to ponder and a soul from each parish is a good balance. Plus a good few from both parish have been together including Deacon Jeff from Pensby.

God Bless.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Volunteer at The Beacon

What is the Beacon?

A Coffee Shop in Heswall supporting Fairtrade!!

No . . . its so much more than that . . . it is the Church active within the local community. It offers a warm welcome, friendship and pastoral support and care for everyone who comes through the door.

It is run by a wonderful team of volunteers both from within and without the Methodist Church who willingly give of their time throughout the year.  All the profits go to charity.  It has raised many thousands of pounds which has enabled us to support people at home and abroad who are so much less fortunate than ourselves.
We are in need of a few more volunteers to join the team and would especially like to make this a more ecumenical coffee shop involving as many of the Churches in Heswall as possible.   Maybe your children have now gone to school, or you have recently retired, or are looking for something new to be involved with.   If you can offer the most precious gift you have, your time, for just a few hours a week, a month, whatever you can spare, we would love to hear from you to discuss this further.  

Thank you. Marjorie Griffiths 348 4969